San Diego Escapes For Grownups

In our first post this month, we envisioned what it might look like to let the kids plan a San Diego vacation. We don’t want to neglect the “big kids”, though! So if you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with a friend group, we thought we’d point out some great ways for funseekers of the more grown variety to enjoy a spring break escape to “America’s Finest City.” Read on for some fantastic getaway ideas. 


Beach House Bar (1.1 miles)


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One of San Diego’s premier beach bars is located less than a mile from our hotel. Beach House Bar encompasses 30,000 square feet of combo bar, restaurant, and oceanside relaxation. Here, you’ll discover fire pits, entertainment, delicious food and cocktails and endless amounts of SoCal sunshine. You’re also just steps from Belmont Park, San Diego’s boardwalk fun zone where everyone feels like a kid. So if you’re down for hitting the midway or riding the Great Dipper, you’re already here! 

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Cannonball and Draft (1.2 miles) 


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After visiting Beach House, head out to the boardwalk. Then take a left and walk just a few steps. In moments, you’ll make landfall at a beachfront bar called Draft. And with sushi bar Cannonball located directly upstairs, you’re covered for some of the best food and drinks in the city. Directly overlooking the Mission Beach Boardwalk, Cannonball can lay claim to having the largest beachfront rooftop in the city, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. They also serve always-fresh sushi, seafood, and fresh California cuisine. So order up, kick back, and enjoy the stunning view. Draft is a wonderful spot to catch a game, grab a beer or just watch the carefree rollerbladers coast on by.

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109 


El Prez (2.4 miles)

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If there’s anything better than tacos, tequila and beachside sunsets, we haven’t found it yet. Thankfully, El Prez serves up all three in grand fashion. This festively colorful neighborhood hotspot is a closely-guarded secret among locals. Once you dive into their menu and drink specials, it won’t be tough to see why. So whether you’re looking for a cozy dinner for two or a night out with the crew, you’ll want to make El Prez a stop.

4190 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109  


The Grass Skirt (3.4 miles)

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As one of the more popular spots within the city’s Polynesian bar scene, The Grass Skirt is a breezy neighborhood speakeasy festively festooned with torches, tiki art, and — of course — hula skirts. The menu is brimming with deceptively potent punches and flaming potions, some of which seem to have a mystic effect on the environment itself when ordered. And in contrast to many of San Diego’s undercover taverns, The Grass Skirt has an excellent food menu full of island-style eats. Secret Tip: Check out the freezer at the adjacent poké bar to make your way inside. 

910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


Captain’s Quarters (3.4 miles)


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And speaking of speakeasies (sssh!) The Grass Skirt has opened up a new concept just adjacent to their original hush-hush hideaway in Pacific Beach. Captain’s Quarters is a swashbuckler’s paradise, with pirate-themed décor, drinks, and attitude. It’s one of the city’s newest clandestine taverns, but given its pedigree, it’s also poised to become one of the most popular. So grab some grog, peer out one of the portholes, and get ready to have your rigging raised. 

910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


Coin-Op Game Room (9 miles)

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 “Barcades” are big in San Diego, and they’re exactly what they sound like. Specifically, a big kids’ playground where you can grab a burger, a beer and a handful of quarters and play all night. Classically old-school arcade gaming is always on offer here, as are specialty drinks like the “Kentucky Stucky” and “Guava the Hutt”. You can even order an tipsy pouch drink (just like what used to be in your lunchbox, but for big kids) if you’re feeling, well…punchy. Hungry? Dig into a “Goomba Burger” (with a grilled mushroom cap, natch), or a Shrimpy Boy po’ boy-style sub. Just be sure to wipe the remoulade sauce off of your fingers before you start mashing buttons. San Diego is chock-full of fun bars for the young at heart if you know where to look!  

3926 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104


Stay and Play at The Dana


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When you’re ready to plan your grownups’ getaway, The Dana on Mission Bay would love to host your kick-back. Our competitive rates, central location and guest-first amenities (like our dive-in movies!) make us an easy choice for your escape. Take a look at our special offers page, reserve the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and plan your visit today.